Monday, September 25, 2017

ICE Sprint Mesh Seat Not Comfortable for Me

Update 11/3/17 New post regarding ICE Mesh Seat - All is Good here.

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I like the ICE Sprint 26fs and it's suspension system. But I can't get totally comfortable with the seat.
After putting a lot of thought and time into figuring out which trike would fit my needs on California's Central Coast (700 v Sprint26fs v Expedition), the seat on the trike I thought would work best the ICE Sprint 26fs is turning out to be my nemesis. After a bad experience with the carbon fiber seat I was convincing myself that the Sprint mesh seat was comfortable for me.

My hip replacements left me with temperamental pirifomis muscles.  They tend to get sore easily and I need a seat that doesn't put pressure on that muscle group. My Catrike 700 and my old Catrike Expedition are very comfortable seats. The mesh seat on the Sprint has it's good days and it's bad days. The design of the Sprint seat puts pressure right where I don't want it. I feel a slight discomfort but a slight discomfort adds up after a couple hours of riding. I so much wanted the Sprint to work for me I overlooked the occasional uncomfortable rides. Those noticeably uncomfortable rides were when I road a little harder. I never had that issue on my 700 or my old Expedition.

I'll probably have to sell the Sprint and maybe I'll add the unsuspended Catrike Expedition to my stable for those days when I feel like a relaxed cruise around the Central Coast. I can use larger volume tires on an Expedition as a compromise to a suspended trike. Going back to having an Expedition keeping my 700 company in the garage is not at all a bad option.

Before making a final decision I contacted ICE to inquire about using the ICE Adventure mesh seat with it's longer seat base. Maybe that might work. Maybe?

On 9/26/17 ICE responded and said they could fit the ICE Adventure seat with it's longer seat base on the Sprint but the end of the seat might hit the back of my thighs when pedaling. I don't feel it would be a problem but I don't want to put anymore money into the Sprint to find out. 



ICE Sprint 26fs mesh seat
The base of the ICE Sprint mesh seat is short and the curve at the end puts pressure where I don't want it. Contrary to the feeling of sitting at the edge of the seat the design of the seat seems to lock your butt into the seat but my poor old sensitive pirifomis. 
Catrike 700 mesh seat
The seat is longer with no curve at the end.




11 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that... it might be worth trying the other seat, though!!

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    1. I'm going to contact Bent Up Cycles and see if they have an Adventure seat I can try out. And then all I need to do is drive 4 hours to get there.

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  2. Sorry for your dis-comfort with the Sprint seat. It's unfortunate that you are of a special need for this issue. I have been a very happy on my SprintX 26/carbon seat rider for three years now. I absolutely am in love with it. Recumbents by their very nature are all different. This is what makes being on recumbent bike/trike so fantastic - hence - one can generally find the bike/trike thats suits them best. FYI - it is not uncommon to mix different brands of seats on a preferred bike platform. Example: - It was common to use a RANS seat on an Easy Racer GRR. Sometimes it may take a bit of fabrication - but when all said and done - it is Eureka.

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  3. I just finished the video and uploaded it to YouTube. It's called ice trike seat modification. I hope this helps. It's has made my ice trike the most comfortable and best I have ever owned you can find the seat online for $45. Just did 40 miles on it. And no back pain like I was experiencing with the mesh. Working my way up to 200 mile trails in the next year. so subscribe and like

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    1. It reminds me of the seat on the Bacchetta Giro 20. Thanks for the info.

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    2. Just watched the video. Nice seat mod, well done.

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  4. Mark I know you have commented that the Dumont was too heavy and seat angle too upright for your taste. But have you had the opportunity to ride one for a long enough ride to determine if it may work for you?

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  5. Hey, Mark: A bummer here for sure, and funny you should write about this issue now as both Jodi and I had serious butt pain issues cranking on our GTT, which is something we haven't really had to deal with before. We think it's warn out padding, so I've got some work to do. I think our next tour will be on the Catrikes, however. I'm interested to see if you can solve this problem.

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    1. I've been playing around with the seat straps and overthinking how to adjust the seat. When I was just about to give up my brain started to work. I simply loosened the bottom three straps of the back of the seat while making sure the straps at the bottom of the seat were tight. My butt now settles into the back of the seat comfortably with no more soreness issues. Also good lumber support. I think I've got the problem handled. Only thing left to do is try the seat that's used on the ICE Adventure. It's the same seat but the base of the seat is 2 inches longer.

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